Snow Fairy’s victory in the 2010 Oaks at Epsom provided jockey Ryan Moore with his first Classic success, whilst bringing up trainer Ed Dunlop’s second victory in the fillies only race.
Moore then went on to double his tally a day later in the Derby to complete a rare double on board Workforce for Sir Michael Stoute.
Despite her victory in the UK, Snow Fairy went off 7/2 second favourite for the equivalent race in Ireland a month later before coming home eight lengths ahead of Miss Jean Brodie in second place and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Lady Lupus a further length back in third. Even fans of the latest Epsom derby odds will remember this.
Following her success in the two Classics, she has surprisingly yet to win on UK or Irish shores since. Her three other career victories following the Irish Oaks have come on Asian soil. First, in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan, where she was the sole European runner against the country’s best fillies and mares.
Then she picked up the Hong Kong Cup a month later in a much stronger field that did include entries from across Europe and Asia, before travelling back to Japan in 2011 for her second Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup triumph.
Although she only has the one victory in 2011 to show in her campaign, it would be wrong to dismiss her achievement in finishing a close second behind former Australian superstar So You Think in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and coming home third in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The only time Snow Fairy ran against her own sex last season in the UK was in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where she finished behind Midday in second place.